KUCHING, June 17 -- The state government's decision to allow the reopening of the State Sports Complex here, for the purpose of training the state's athletes to boost their performance in preparation for the 20th Malaysia Games (Sukma) in Johor next year has got their adrenaline pumping.
Sarawak boxing association president Datuk Rahman Lariwoo said during the Movement Control Order (MCO) and the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO), boxing athletes trained on their own without sparring partners.
He said training routines were similar to those before the MCO and the CMCO were implemented but they had to adhere to all the guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the National Security Council and the Ministry of Health for contact sports.
Sarawak's elite sprint and steeplechase athletes coach Noraseela Khalid also started training with 11 athletes under her supervision since yesterday.
The former national athlete said the athletes were being prepared for intensive training that could not be done during the MCO and CMCO.
"We are not allowed to have more than 50 people training in the stadium and I hope we can maintain that because the focus of the athletes will be better and we can avoid any risk of COVID-19 infection," said the 400-meter bronze medalist in the 2006 Doha Asia Games.